Augusta Phillips with fig tree
Maryville’s Augusta Phillips stands near a 1,000-year-old fig tree in Australia. It is very sacred to the Aboriginal people.
Phillips, Curia plant marsh
Tree planting was part of the work Augusta Phillips (kneeling) did in CUE Haven, north of Auckland, New Zealand. Pictured with her is Cherilyn Curia, a student from New York. They were planting native marsh plants as part of their work for School of Field Studies.
Augusta Phillips travels to Australia, New Zealand
Augusta Phillips, of Maryville, recently traveled to Australia (pictured here) and New Zealand for a School of Field Studies program. She is a junior at Maryville College, majoring in environmental studies.
Kangaroo Augusta Phillips saw during travels
A kangaroo that Augusta Phillips came into contact with during her journey to Australia and New Zealand is shown. Phillips, 20, did field work in the two countries’ rainforests.
Augusta Phillips' night work
Students perform night field work in New Zealand during Augusta Phillips’ trip there a few weeks ago. The students were in search of glow worms in caverns in a national park. They also documented spiders, snails, bats and insects that are active at night.
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 am
For an entire month this summer, 20-year-old Augusta Phillips gave up comfort and familiarity to live and work among the indigenous people of New Zealand and Australia.
It was a 20-minute walk to the primitive bathroom from her living quarters in the rainforests of Australia.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 am.